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Global Warming and Climate Change science is real science

Posted 8 February 2019 at 7:50 am

Editor:

This letter is written in response to Kimberly Kennedy’s letter to the editor dated February 5, 2019. Ms. Kennedy’s conspiratorial, climate denying musings are without merit and not based in the reality humanity finds itself in. Make no mistake, the overwhelming scientific research concludes that the planet is warming, the oceans are rising, and the rate of species extinction is accelerating.

The most ironic part of Ms. Kennedy’s opinion piece is that she employs the same tactics she accuses “climate change alarmists” of incorporating into their “campaign.” Derisive attacks abound – “godless Democrats;” “well-financed minions;” “social justice warrior ‘teachers,’” which are all well-documented talking points from the right-wing, Fox News echo chamber.

Is Ms. Kennedy aware that promulgating fear of “globalist” forces has its roots in anti-Semitic propaganda against a “global, diasporic” people in 1930’s Europe (namely Jewish people)? Given that her rant is utterly devoid of any facts – she’s probably unware of the nature of her anti-Semitic sentiments.

In fact, the only statement Ms. Kennedy makes that has any basis in reality is the fact that “weather” has been changing for millennia. Releasing millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere can and does have an effect on the planet’s well-being. This isn’t conceit, it is reality. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the PhD scientists at NOAA, NASA, and the IPCC and their controlled scientific, peer-reviewed research over the opinion of a “non-scientist” former meteorologist.

Simply put, Ms. Kennedy’s Google search is no substitute for decades of climate science research by educated professionals. There’s a difference between climate and weather and I encourage Ms. Kennedy to study said difference. Let’s assume Ms. Kennedy’s claims are true for a moment, if she is correct then we will have spent great sums of capital making the air and oceans cleaner for future generations; but if Ms. Kennedy is incorrect and we do nothing, then we, as a species, are destined for extinction. No one is arguing that the “planet” won’t survive; rather, it is homo sapiens who will not survive.

Nothing about global warming is manufactured besides the polymers that are being released into the air by the metric ton. To the “social justice warrior” teachers at Medina, Lyndonville, Kendall, Holley, Albion and beyond – disregard errant nonsense, and keep teaching climate science to your students.

Respectfully submitted,

Andrew Remley

Albion

Citizens need to be swayed by facts, not divisive slogans

Posted 6 February 2019 at 10:12 am

Editor:

I just saw a Facebook thread advocating division of upstate and downstate. It was claimed Medicaid reform could make it work.

Downstate, it turns out, generates 70 percent of the state’s income. Medicaid requirements and costs are federally regulated. Cut them and there goes several community hospitals.  Nursing homes, too.

In this crazy world with lies presented as fact every day, it’s important that facts and not party or stupid slogans inform our decisions. This is one example but here we are in a district that voted for a indicted felon. We are getting what we deserve if we do not step up our game.

A citizen of a poor county that keeps shooting itself in the foot. Can we blame the kids for fleeing?

Conrad F. Cropsey

Albion

Lyndonville pastor says new thrift store will be blessing to community

Posted 6 February 2019 at 9:21 am

Editor:

My name is Olga E. Gonzalez and I am the Pastor of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church.

The first time I met with Ruth Hedges and she shared with me the vision God was giving her about a thrift store, I knew that was God’s plan for Lyndonville community and beyond. After some time, she shared with me the name for it Hope Resales: A Community Thrift Store and that sounded wonderful. Then I said, “Ruth we need to find a Scripture that goes along with the name of the thrift store.”

Later Ruth sent me the Scripture in the Bible on Romans chapter 12:9-13 that says: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Wow!!! What an invitation not just for our community in Lyndonville, but for everybody that would like to experience God’s love.

For that reason, we invite the people of Lyndonville to “Come and See” God’s love through Hope Resales. As a Hispanic, Puerto Rican pastor, we also want to invite the Hispanic community around us to “Come and See” how wonderful is God. We also want to invite you to our Winter Rummage Sale at Lyndonville United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 102 North Main St., Lyndonville.

We will receive you with open arms, open hearts and open doors to listen how can we help you. It will be a blessing to meet you and have you with us. See you soon, God bless you!!!

Gonzalez also wrote the same message in Spanish:

Mi nombre es Olga E. Gonzalez y soy la pastora de la Iglesia Metodista Unida en Lyndonville.

La primera vez que Ruth Hedges me compartió la vision que Dios le estaba dando sobre una tienda de ahorro, supe que era un plan de Dios para la comunidad de Lyndonville y mas allá. Luego de algun tiempo ella me compartió el nombre para esa tienda, Reventas Esperanza: Una Tienda de Ahorro para la Comunidad, y eso me pareció maravilloso. Después le dije: “Ruth necesitamos una Escritura Biblica que vaya acorde con el nombre de la tienda de ahorro.”

Un tiempo mas tarde Ruth me envió la escritura Biblica en Romanos capítulo 12:9-13 que dice: “El amor debe ser sincero. Aborrezcan el mal; aférrense al bien. Aménse los unos a los otros con amor fraternal, respetándose mutuamente. Nunca dejen de ser diligentes; antes bien sirvan al Señor con el fervor que da el Espíritu. Alegrense en la ESPERANZA, muestren paciencia en el sufrimiento, perseveren en la oración. Ayuden a los hermanos necesitados. Practiquen la hospitalidad.”

Wao!!! Que invitación no solo para nuestra comunidad de Lyndonville sino para todo el que le gustaría experimentar el amor de Dios.

La tienda Reventas Esperanza: Una tienda de ahorro para la comunidad, tendrá su gran apertura el sábado, 30 de marzo de 2019 a las 10:00am. Por esa razón, invitamos a la comunidad de Lydonville para que “VENGA y VEA” el amor de Dios a travez de Reventas Esperanza. Como pastora Hispana, puertorriqueña, invitamos a la comunidad Hispana para que “VENGAN y VEAN” que maravilloso es Dios.

Tambien deseamos invitarles a nuestra Venta de Invierno en la Iglesia Metodista Unida en Lyndonville el sabado, 9 de febrero de 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 102 North Main Street, Lyndonville.

Te recibiremos con corazones abiertos, brazos abiertos y puertas abiertas para escuchar como podemos ayudarte.  Será una bendición el conocerte y tenerte entre nosotros. Hasta pronto, Dios te bendiga!!!

Olga E. Gonzalez

Lyndonville

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Former sheriff candidate says Sobieraski would be excellent law enforcement leader for county

Posted 6 February 2019 at 8:19 am

Editor:

The announcement that Brett Sobieraski is running for sheriff of Orleans County is truly a blessing for the people of this community.

Before people say, “oh this is just sour grapes because this guy lost the last election.” It has nothing to do with the last election as I accepted the defeat and moved on to another chapter in life. I will admit after my retirement I did not like the tantrums and threats that were directed at people who helped me during my campaign but that is all water under the bridge.

The changes in the election laws that came out of Albany a few weeks ago have drastically changed the timing how a campaign will unfold. Candidates have had to shift their efforts into high gear if they want to seek the Republican line for the new June Primary Election. Something the candidates will have to deal with but a hurdle none the less.

In today’s world of social media and numerous information outlets people can get the information if they look. Brett has set up a web site, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts all titled around Brett for Sheriff. If you google him, you will find a lot of information. Take a few minutes and educate yourselves on his platform, education, people motivating skills, training and experience as a leader. If you have questions or want to set up an appointment, he encourages you calling him directly at 585-331-0217.

The people of Orleans County deserve superior leadership. Don’t wait until you or a loved one becomes a victim to then realize there was a better choice for a law enforcement leader.

Take the time to truly get to know your candidates. Don’t take someone’s word as gospel just because they said so. Get past the rhetoric. Look through the smoke and around the mirrors and educate yourself. Things are not always as they appear.

The time is now!

I support Brett Sobieraski for sheriff, 110 percent.

Respectfully,

Tom Drennan

Kendall

Use real science and common sense in evaluating impacts from wind turbines

Posted 5 February 2019 at 8:30 pm

Editor:

In the face of real science and common sense, wind energy opposition continues to promote junk medicine.

Regardless of how many times the issue has been conclusively studied, wind energy opponents keep claiming that sound and infrasound (inaudible low frequency sound vibrations) from wind energy noise is making people sick. It is time to apply a little common sense to this issue.

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center has collaborated with the Iowa Policy Project just published yet another thorough study (click here) that demonstrates that sound and infrasound from wind turbines has no effect on people’s health.

The study did demonstrate that there in many cases of people claiming to have symptoms caused by a nocebos effect. People are shown videos of wind turbines and claim they are getting ill.

In response to all the conclusive medical evidence those opposed to reasonable judgement counter with studies performed without any regard to the scientific process.

All the arguments of studies aside, let’s look at this with your grandfather’s common sense. The maligned “infrasound” that is causing all of this sickness is all around us today. It comes from the furnace in your home, the traffic on the road, the car you drive, radio you listen to, the tractor used by the farmer and waves along the shore of Lake Ontario.

The unheard vibrations from all of this activity is present for all of us every day. Those vibrations are not any different from the vibrations created by a wind blade passing through the air. It is all inaudible vibrations covering a wide range of the same frequencies. Are you feeling sick right now knowing that your body has been subject to all of this infrasound for so many years?

And what do we call a male bovine standing in a field?

Linda Fisk

Lyndonville

Governor bears blame for state budget shortfall, not federal policies

Posted 5 February 2019 at 8:17 pm

Editor:

Andrew Cuomo is blaming federal tax policies for the potential 2019 budget shortfall. Evidently the taxpayers which have to foot this tax bill are leaving the state.

One has to compare the New York State budget to those of two larger states. Florida is projected to spend  $88.7 billion and Texas $108.4 billion. New York State will spend $175.1 billion.

Cuomo should review his own costs to operate this state before pointing the finger elsewhere. This migration of taxpayers out of state started long before federal tax law change. This is just an excuse to lay blame elsewhere.

Cuomo and his progressive ideology own this problem 100 percent. Those taxpayers forced to accept these policies, small in number, are voting by taking their residency and wealth elsewhere.

Edward Urbanik

Lyndonville

Teachers should teach real science, not liberal propaganda

Posted 5 February 2019 at 7:08 pm

Editor:

I’ve tried to bite my tongue, but I’ve had quite enough of the climate alarmist propaganda being indoctrinated into not only in our children’s head, but in education in general.

The alarmist’s have been more concerned about the health of our planet and animals than about the well-rounded education of our young people. Climate “scientists” have been well paid for thanks to the globalists’ attempts to replace God with “Mother Earth” for decades. It’s become an entire industry, worth billions of dollars, and anyone who claims that “climate change” is a natural phenomenon, rather than the actions of us awful human beings, is taken to the woodshed, or worse, being called “climate deniers,” a moniker for “stupid people,” like me.

The climate has been changing for billions of years. But yet we think we have the arrogance, the self-importance to claim that we are to blame for it? Really? I didn’t realize our pride was that out of control.

The planet has been through billions of years of volcanoes, earthquakes, worldwide floods and fires (which hundreds of thousands of people have died from long before the industrial age; begun a little over 200 years ago), the magnetic reversal of the poles, erosion, plate tectonic shifts, asteroids and comets; None of which have ANYTHING to do with us humans.  But WE are responsible for the health of the earth? And people are now being blamed for the death of the polar bears and the fish (among the fabricated “global warming” scares, thanks to the non-scientist Al Gore and his other well-financed minions, whom have made millions pushing this propaganda).

The job of our teachers (especially in local schools, like Medina Central) is to teach real science, not manufactured propaganda from the liberal left.  When I was in school, my teachers taught me earth science not “earth alarmist” so-called “science,” made-up myths, half-truths, or opinions. In fact, none of what the “science community” on climate change claims have been proven.

If you don’t believe me, check out the dozens of websites (including The Weather Channel’s founder, John Coleman, who did an interview on CNN just a few months ago) for proof. He said that global warming has morphed into “Climate change” is a manmade creation. And I quote him: “One of the hard, cold facts is that there is significant no man made global warming now or in the future.” He stated that the Democrats have made this a part of their platform; But that it’s all propaganda. Which is being delivered by liberals, the godless Democrats, the media and academia as “Truth,” when it is far from that.

I have had enough of this. Our children already have enough to deal with. They don’t need to feel guilty for breathing, let alone responsible for the health of the polar bears or, for crying out loud, the fish population! They are already going to battle AI, replacing the jobs they are going to need for the future, college student debt, social (intrinsically evil) media and their own social justice warrior “teachers” in public school.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Kennedy

Medina

Highway crew praised for work plowing roads, at all hours, during a busy January

Posted 4 February 2019 at 1:11 pm

Editor:

A huge thank you to the extraordinary road crew of the Town of Gaines during the month of January! Seven days a week, this crew was excellent at keeping roads safe during horrible weather conditions.

Every day, decisions must be made while most of us are still asleep. I live where a road terminates and while still half asleep I learn each day of that day’s weather just by the timing of the snow plow or sander turning off that road onto our road as it heads toward the canal bridge, turns around and heads right past my house again heading north.

If there has been snow accumulating during the night I will hear and see the light from the plow making its turn between 5-5:30 in the morning.

If the roads just need salting or pushing back I will hear that done by no later than 6:30. And, as a courtesy, if the driver notices an unusual situation, there is helpful notification made to a resident.

Of course, the county and state crews are out doing their work also. I am sure that I speak for residents of all our Orleans County towns. Thanks for getting up so early and doing such a great job almost 24 hours each day. Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring, but no matter, I am sure we all can count on our road crews!

Karen Watt

Gaines

Increasing minimum wage has many benefits; negatives are overstated by Hawley

Posted 1 February 2019 at 5:13 pm

Editor:

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, in a press release, stated that he is worried that raising the minimum wage will hurt small businesses and the working poor.

However, that is not what economic researchers have found in peer-reviewed research. Dube, Lester, and Reich, in a study “Minimum Wage Effect Across State Borders” looked at the effect of one state raising minimum wages while a bordering state did not raise its minimum wages – and found no adverse effect on employment.

In a study from March 30, 2006, the Fiscal Policy Institute found states with minimum wages above the federal level had faster small business and retail job growth. Furthermore, raising the minimum wage hasn’t resulted in higher unemployment. The unemployment rate is at a 30-year low.

Economists cite several reasons for these findings: increased minimum wage allows employees to buy more goods and services which improves the bottom line and increased wages reduces turnover which reduces employers’ costs.

I would encourage Mr. Hawley to reconsider his position in light of all the economic research showing the benefits of raising the minimum wage. Thank you.

William Fine

Brockport

Giant turbines will make area less attractive for residents

Posted 1 February 2019 at 2:37 pm

Editor:

It defies common sense. There is no study that can convince me that any normal human being would actually gravitate to a community where homes are dwarfed by giant 591-foot industrial wind turbines.

Nobody drives through a gauntlet of these gigantic spinning towers and starts looking for homes with “For Sale” signs, although my gut also tells me there would be quite a few of those. Find a cozy home and settle under the turbines? In all honesty, I cannot imagine a thinking person would be drawn to these as he or she would be to beautiful hills, a body of water, or some other natural landscape feature.

Yet, the insistence of this unnatural attraction leads me to recall an old fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Essentially, the emperor in the story was swindled by two tailors who said they would weave him clothing out of the finest gold threads. The catch was that these clothes would be invisible to all but those who were worthy of their office.

In short, no one in the kingdom wanted to admit that he could not see these clothes either, for fear of admitting he, too, was unfit. All who viewed the emperor in his procession pretended to admire the beauty of his finery, until a child exclaimed that the emperor was unclothed.

Those people who exclaim the “wonder” of industrial wind turbines remind me of those in the emperor’s kingdom who, too, wouldn’t admit their leader was naked. They denied their own common sense and their own eyesight in favor of what they thought they “should” say.

Surely these people have common sense and decent eyesight to see, like I do, that these nearly 600-foot abominations do not attract people to live under them, or near them, or even to be in sight of them. I haven’t seen one ad or promotional piece for any land for sale, or home on the market that includes the proximity of IWTs. Not in photos, not in any descriptions. If anything, it would be handled as more of an undesirable disclosure to the prospective buyer. In the case of Lighthouse Wind, how about something/s 30x higher than your home? Who needs a real estate study?

All health and environmental reasons aside, the naked truth is that “Emperor” Apex is an embarrassment. Those who see clearly what is unfolding here are being true to their five senses and to their own common sense. The only ones eager to deny reality are those who are also mesmerized by Apex tailors. They are the same ones who stand to benefit from Apex cash—the gold threads the rest of us taxpayers made possible.

Christine Bronson

Somerset

(Bronson is a member of the Somerset Town Board)